Battersea move is off for Chelsea FC

Chelsea FC have failed in their attempt to build a new 60,000-seater stadium at London’s Battersea Power Station.   The administrators chose a joint bid by two Malaysian companies to develop a ‘multi-use real estate regeneration project’.   The Malaysian offer is thought to have been at least £70m more than the nearest bidder.

Chelsea FC have failed in their attempt to build a new 60,000-seater stadium at London’s Battersea Power Station.   The administrators chose a joint bid by two Malaysian companies to develop a ‘multi-use real estate regeneration project’.   The Malaysian offer is thought to have been at least £70m more than the nearest bidder.

Chelsea expressed their disappointment, but confirmed that they are considering other options.  This could still include the site at Earls Court.   Personally, I felt that it would be a shame if Chelsea moved south of the river.   Such a big project on an enormously complex site might also have served as a distraction from matters on the pitch.

Any redevelopment of the 15-hectare site will be highly expensive.  Restoring the brick power station could cost up to £180m.   Under the proposed scheme the development tax to be paid to Wandsworth Council will amount to £211m.   This would partially fund the £950m extension of the Northern Line from Vauxhall.  The total bill including the purchase price and construction costs is likely to be around £1 billion.   Chelsea are well out of it.

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